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Grateful DeadGrateful Dead Live at Orpheum Theatre on 1976-07-17 (July 17, 1976)

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Collection: GratefulDead
Band/Artist: Grateful Dead
Date: July 17, 1976 (check for other copies)
Venue: Orpheum Theatre
Location: San Francisco, CA

Source: Soundboard
Lineage: SBD: Master Reel > DAT > CD
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Keywords: Live concert


Promised Land, Mississippi Half Step, Mama Tried, Deal, Minglewood Blues, Peggy-O, Big River, Sugaree, Johnny B. Goode Samson & Delilah, Coomes A Time > Jam > The Other One Jam > Drums > The Other One > Space > Eyes Of The World > Jam > The Other One > Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad > One More Saturday Night, E: U.S. Blues, Not Fade Away


SBD: Master Reel > DAT > CD (possible "new leak"?); Eyes has a 45-second
AUD splice, and 2 sec repeat at 3:30 (is that the splice point?); via J.

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Reviewer: direwolf600 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 16, 2010
Subject: Wolf is comin to get ya
More than 5 years after the 1st time I reviewed this show I just happened to read it... Frankly, I'm apostles. I guess I gave it 4 stars with the caveat that it earned those 4 without even hearing the 1st set. Well, that was stupid if me. It gets 5 stars for the Comes a Time alone, the TOO alone, the Eyes alone, and so on. This is one of the most precious gems anywhere on this site, possibly the greatest of all. The fact that all these years later and not even a dozen more reviews have been submitted for every source combined is so surprising. This 2nd set is just off the charts, one of a kind over the whole 30 years. Most inspired jamming from the band following 1974 all the way through the end... Period! Nothing else from any year 75-95 manages to approach the places this 2nd set gets to. Please, if you're reading this, don't overlook this year, the final year featuring the truly pioneering improvisation. 65-76 is sort of like the big bang. Expanding endlessly with no defining way of predicting what the next moment could bring. And without question, this is the high water mark of this under valued year. 5 stars

I haven't listened to the first set of this show in sometime, however I think I recall promised land being rocked out especially well but I am foggy on that. The second set however is all that matters here. If the 1st set is above average this show would border on a 5 starerer<--
The drop into TOO from comes a time is unique, diabolic, tense, frightening...however unlike much Grateful Dead that receives similar adjectives this intro happens to be very melodic, and easy to hear. Something about the way Jerry plays the rest of this set has always struck me as far beyond interesting. I do like this show, at least the second set, more than the following night. Not that it ain't great, but I don't think any of it touches this second set. Thats a four w/out hearing the 1st set...it doesn't matter anyway.

Reviewer: kapowsin - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 13, 2009
Subject: Bob Weir plays guitar funny
I'm listening to Comes a Time. It's really beautiful...But Bobby's guitar playing is striking...It's like he's afraid to strum a chord...so Keith and Phil are the ones pushing the song forwarded as far as the actual chords go...And I mean pushing...It sounds like the band is fighting to get that song out...Jerry Garcia compared playing music to endlessly untying knots...It sounds like they are struggling to keep the whole endeavor from collapsing...So it has this weird feel to me...It's Bobby's funny playing that actually makes this so interesting to me...Anyway...Once they get through the beginning and get to jamming the plodding feeling goes away and it's like smooth sailing on a sunny summer's day...or something.


Reviewer: abilene22 - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - March 17, 2009
Subject: Mr. Nice Guy
Great show! It's the following night that gets all the good press but this performance really holds its own. Agree with the other reviewers here... the second set is a monster. My big brother was in attendance (a reliable fella most of the time) and tells this story: The band takes the stage and the place becomes raucous, really loud. Phil marches up to the mic and roars (maybe paraphrasing here): "If you people would shut the f**k up we could tune our guitars". You could hear a pin drop, then lotsa folks saying "whooooooooo", followed by Bobby taking the mic and affably saying to Phil: "Mr. Nice Guy". Everyone cheers, the tension is broken and away they go...

Reviewer: capn doubledose - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - March 31, 2006
Subject: Donna is missing whole second set and this is why Jer rips
I love this show. Listend to set II twice back to back and have heard it before. Comes a Time on is just pure sickness everything is 20+ mins and Jerry is using that flanger and the wawa so characteristic of that '76 sound (which I personally love) there is a great William & Mary and a Shrine show from same year which sizzle but this one is truly unique - The next night is better known but it does not have the other worldly quality of this...

It ebbs and flows like some serious chemicals and the energy is excellent. One of the great ones of the late 70's but then this whole run is sick. Night after was my first bootleg but this is for the more refined palate.

Strap in for this one ( top 5 unknown shows on whole site)

** I reviewed this twice by accident back in December and only gave this a 4 then - Its a 5 this time I am certain of it.

*** Donna is missing for the whole 1/10/79 Nassau or one of those maybe Buffalo and it's sick as well. It's like they are conciously blowing the doors off the place in spite of her.

Reviewer: ristau5741 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - December 26, 2005
Subject: OMG
I cannot undertand how this night and the next night were back to back.

The other ones' are just too much, as well as everything else phonemenal ! one of my faves get 'em both.

Reviewer: L. Rosley - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - October 5, 2005
Subject: More jems from the Archive.org mine
The jam comming out of Comes a Time is a fast, jazzy feel (with jazzy chords) that at at one point slips into an 11/4 time signature (a la, the Eleven).

Reviewer: Omniverse - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 16, 2005
Subject: jaw-drop
second set smokes. imho, more cohesive and powerful than the next night. the transitions send chills up my spine. Comes a Time!

Reviewer: sheikyerbouti - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - September 25, 2004
Subject: Unheralded gem
Yes this show is overshadowed by the following epic monster of a show but this is a gem nonetheless and must respectfully submit this needs to be considered in a much broader context rather than relative to night after... other one>eyes>other one?? cmon thats pretty hot close with 2nd encore of not fade and give this a 3? not by a long shot - this ranks up there with boston music halls which I gave a 5, sound quality and show not as good however still deserves a gentleman's 4...

Reviewer: Bluecaps - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - June 21, 2004
Subject: Fine show
First set is nice, second set is stellar. The jam out of Comes A Time is fast and reminiscent of Eyes of the World
In my opinion, a better played show than the following night.

Reviewer: bbaue - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - June 10, 2004
Subject: flashbacks
a couple of interesting things about this show make it worth a listen:
1. The Comes a Time starts from a standstill, and the jam out of it is extended and nice
2. The Other One contains the "full circle" line, hearkening back to when That's It for the... was played in its entirety.
3. Keith plays the stronger than dirt-like outro that was standard in '73 and '74 versions of Eyes.
4. The second encore of Not Fade is really long and jammed out.
I agree with the notes that the audience copy is well worth listening to as well.
All that said, this show pales in comparison to the next night.